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Michael Nyman

Michael Nyman photographed at Liverpool Philharmonic at the Friary in West Everton, Liverpool © Mark McNulty 2014

Michael Nyman photographed at Liverpool Philharmonic at the Friary in West Everton, Liverpool © Mark McNulty 2014

Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial

Liverpool Biennial, in partnership with Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool Cathedral, present a new, specially composed work by Michael Nyman, performed at Liverpool Cathedral on Saturday 5 July, the opening weekend of Liverpool Biennial 2014. The work is supported by Liverpool City Council as one of the major new arts commissions for the Liverpool International Festival for Business.

Michael Nyman's Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial, was performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Liverpool-born mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and Training Choirs, conducted by Josep Vicent.

Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial represents the culmination of Michael Nyman's thinking around the tragedies connected with Liverpool Football Club. 25 years after the Hillsborough tragedy, he says that he hopes it will make a small but significant contribution to the healing process still necessary for the families of the lost fans.

Symphony No. 11 also restores the work known as  Memorial to its original 1985 context (having subsequently become well-known in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover ). In this new version for voice and orchestra, Kathryn Rudge will sing the names of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives, accompanied by music Nyman was recording on the afternoon of the Hillsborough tragedy. 

In addition to the live performance of Symphony No.11: Hillsborough Memorial a recording of the symphony will be played in Liverpool Cathedral at 15:06 on the following days: Wednesday 6 August, Monday 25 August, Wednesday 3 September and Wednesday 17 September.

Aztecs in Liverpool

For Liverpool Biennial 2014, Michael Nyman has also created a new film installation entitled Aztecs in Liverpool, on display at Walker Art Gallery until 26 October 2014. The two-screen video installation includes footage collected by Nyman over the past twenty years in his adopted home, Mexico. The title refers to, and the work derives from, the presence in the World Museum in Liverpool of one of the finest Aztec codices, the Codex Fejérváry-Mayer. 

Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial is funded and supported by